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Star Trek-like underwater hotel to open in Maldives

AFP   June 14, 2013
First Published: 11:30 IST(14/6/2013) | Last Updated: 18:22 IST(14/6/2013)

A futuristic-looking luxury hotel made up of spaceship-like discs that recalls Star Trek’s Enterprise is set to be built partially underwater in the Maldives.

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The Polish developers of the Water Discus Hotel received the green light last week by the national ministry of tourism to begin construction off the island of Kuredhivaru, where the ambitious underwater project will be built amidst delicate coral reefs in crystal clear waters.

The two-part structure caters to guests with different preferences: those who want an underwater marine view of tropical fish and colorful coral, and those who prefer aerial views of their lush, blue-skied surroundings.

The specs are impressive: suspended up to seven meters above water on five pillars, the upper deck will house the hotel restaurant, a spa, a rooftop seawater pool and a tropical garden, as well as a helicopter landing pad.

Renderings of the Water Discus Hotel in the Maldives. Photo: AFP/Water Discus Hotel/Deep Ocean Technology

The lower underwater deck -- built up to 30 meters below the surface -- will house 21 soundproof guest rooms and the hotel bar as well as a submarine, airlocked dive center that leads divers straight into the ocean. For deep-sea divers, the dive center also includes a decompression chamber.

Other water activities include three-passenger submersibles for deep-sea exploration, motor boats, water-skiing, jet skis and underwater scooters.

Renderings of the Water Discus Hotel in the Maldives. Photo: AFP/Water Discus Hotel/Deep Ocean Technology

Plans are also afoot to build a similar project in Dubai. No details are available on when the hotel is scheduled to open.

Meanwhile, the spectacular marine world of the Maldives is the setting for another luxury, underwater restaurant and hotel. Set five meters below the surface of the sea, the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island hotel and features 180-degree views of the coral gardens.

Renderings of the Water Discus Hotel in the Maldives. Photo: AFP/Water Discus Hotel/Deep Ocean Technology


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